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Volume 1, Issue 8 NEWSLETTER August 2018

Holy Days Revisited


By Ronald L. Dart
The holy days are, to me, an endless source of fascination. Failing to understand this, some people take a one-
Every year I approach them with renewed anticipation. dimensional view of the holy days. When they see
Long ago someone pointed out to me a simple, elegant something new, it seems to contradict the old. Instead of
pattern in the meaning of these days. The Passover seeing it as another dimension, another undiscovered facet
portrays the sacrifice of Christ. The Days of Unleavened of the same truth, they see it supplanting what they thought
Bread remind us to put sin out of our lives. Pentecost they already knew.
pictures the receiving of the Holy Spirit. The Feast of One man, for example, wrote to me expressing
Trumpets looks forward to the return of Christ and the confusion about the Day of Atonement. “Why do we fast
resurrection. Atonement represents the binding of Satan on the Day of Atonement,” he asked. “After all, Jesus
and the whole world being “at one” with God. The Feast Christ is our atonement. We have already been made at one
of Tabernacles looks forward to the millennium, and the with God. Why do we fast?”
eighth day pictures the “Great White Throne” judgment. At first I didn’t understand his question. Jesus stated
Few concepts have opened my understanding of the clearly that after his departure, his servants would fast. If
plan of God as this neat little sequential outline. Observed not on Atonement, when would we fast?
and expounded year-by-year, it has pushed our To be truthful, I found myself wondering if the fellow
understanding forward little by little. really believed in keeping the Day of Atonement at all.
But there is one important error that has kept us from More than once I’ve encountered someone who
understanding even more: We assumed that this one- dissembled by making a major argument out of the
dimensional outline was all the holy days had to offer. In meaning of the day when they did not even believe in
fact, these days represent some of God’s richest and most keeping the day in the first place.
complex revelations. But this fellow believed in keeping Atonement. He just
Do you remember a toy called a kaleidoscope? A believed that we who are at one with Christ no longer need
simple device composed of a cardboard tube, some to fast. Not only was he overlooking Jesus’ statement that
mirrors, and bits of colored glass. When you held it up to his servants would fast, but also the fact that we keep the
the light and peered through it, the mirrors reflected and continued on page 3 . . .
repeated the random pieces creating complex patterns of
light. A simple turn of the tube dropped the pieces into a
new position creating a whole new design from the same
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few pieces of glass. The variations were endless, and the
pattern never seemed to repeat itself. I’m told some ladies Holy Days Revisited Ronald L. Dart 1
used the kaleidoscope to develop original quilt patterns.
Whose Church Is This, Anyway?
To some extent, the holy days are like that. Each time
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the seasons turn them over it seems I notice something I’ve
never seen before. It’s not that I tear up the old quilt. It’s Radio Update—Benin Republic 2
just that new patterns, new relationships, and new ideas New CEM General Manager 4
present themselves year-by-year.
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Whose Church Is This, Anyway?


By Ronald L. Dart
I know it seems like a silly question. Everybody knows • “Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and
the church belongs to God. But bear with me for a few Nymphas, and his church” (Colossians 4:15).
minutes while I explain. • “And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow
I was chatting on the phone with a very dear friend soldier, and to your church” (Philemon 2).
and the subject of field churches came up. In the process • “I wrote unto Diotrephes’ church, but he would not
of discussing churches in the area, my friend referred to a receive us” (3 John 9).
particular church as “Scott’s church” (not his real name). I • “These things write I unto you that you may know how you
had to ask if it was really Scott’s church or if it was God’s ought to behave yourself in your church” (1 Timothy 3:15).
church that Scott happened to serve. Every one of these Scriptures is incorrectly quoted.
I can already hear someone say, “Come on, don’t be a Every one of them presents an opening for the writer to
nit-picker, you know what we mean.” Well, maybe I do, use a possessive other than God, but they don’t do it.
and maybe I don’t. We think in words, and when we speak, They never lose sight of whose church it really is.
we use the same words we use when we think. It is just Would it surprise you to learn that the only person in
possible, you know, that your choice of words reflects the the Bible who uses the expression “my church” is Jesus?
way you think about things. And you might be surprised In fact, there is not one possessive pronoun used of the
how many people really do think in terms of “my church anywhere in the New Testament except those
church,” “our church,” or “his church.” referring to God. It is not Paul’s or Peter’s or John’s
All creatures, animal and human, have a powerful church. It is God’s church which they are called to serve.
territorial imperative. Swans stake out a body of water as Consider Paul’s admonition to the Ephesian elders:
their own and jealously guard it from intrusion. Even “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock,
their own young are driven away as soon as they are able over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers,
to leave. Wolves mark their territory, and their rights are to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with His
generally honored by other wolves. Man doesn’t mark his own blood” (Acts 20:28).
territory in the same way, but still manages to establish This is not a frivolous point I am making. The claim
boundaries and convey ownership. And woe be to any of ownership that God places on the church is nothing to
man who attempts to put his mark on another man’s be taken lightly. He is not staking a claim upon property
possession. for which he has not paid and to which he has no right.
It is odd how jealous we can be of what is ours while Nor did he merely pay for it in cash or trade. He paid for
we carelessly put our own possessive pronoun in front of it in blood—his own blood.
what belongs to God. Just to underline the point, let’s I wonder how much of the bickering that goes on in
play a little game. Below are some Scriptures that may churches arises directly from forgetting whose church it
have been misquoted. Look up the original and see how is. Why should people fight over something that belongs
many of them are correct. to neither of them? Oddly enough, it is when a church
• “I commend to you our sister who is a servant of begins to gather assets that the problem heats up. Who
Phoebe’s church at Cenchrea” (Romans 16:1). owns the chairs, the PA system, the piano, the building? If
• “Likewise greet Priscilla and Aquila’s church” these things belong to the church, don’t they belong to
(Romans 16:5). God? Then why do mere mortals grasp for them?
• “The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla I don’t have an answer to all church problems, but I
salute you much in the Lord, along with their church” do have a starting point. We can all stop speaking of the
(1 Corinthians 16:19). church as though it belonged to anyone except God.

Radio Update–The Benin Republic Situation


Thanks to the generosity and kindness of Born to Win supporters, Mr. Michael Porter is currently securing
radio time for the next two years and planning more speaking trips to encourage the brethren that have
been reached there. Mr. Porter will send us a full update early in August (see the September newsletter).
Thank you again for all you have done to support these brothers and sisters in Christ.
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Holy Days Revisited But he concludes that there are at least two things we
continued from page 1 . . . must do if we are to achieve salvation, “If thou shalt
Lord’s Supper every year. After all, Jesus is our Passover and confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in
we still observe that. Why not Atonement? thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou
But as the Day of Atonement approached this year, I shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto
reviewed in my mind again the man’s question. Why do we righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
fast on the Day of Atonement? salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
There is an important, fundamental difference between Unless we believe, repent, confess, and are baptized,
Passover and the Day of Atonement. Paul told the we are not saved. Jesus’ sacrifice alone is not sufficient. It
Corinthians that as often as we eat the bread and drink the requires a response on our part.
wine of the Lord’s Supper, we do show forth the Lord’s It is quite true, then, to note that the Passover pictures
death till he come. What the Passover is about is Christ’s the sacrifice of Christ—Jesus Christ is our Passover. There
death. The Day of Atonement, on the other hand, is about is, however, a response required from us that is not pictured in
our being made “at one” with God. the Passover itself.
“But,” one may ask, “doesn’t Christ’s sacrifice make us When we look at the Day of Atonement, we see a
‘at one’ with God? If it does, then why isn’t everyone ‘at strong correlation between its ceremony and the response
one’ with God?” Is the sacrifice of Christ all-sufficient for of the repentant sinner. The Day of Atonement involves
your salvation? If so, then why isn’t everyone saved? fasting (Leviticus 23:26-32), which is an outward sign of
The answer to these questions is simple enough. our remorse and our repentance of our sins. Of old, fasting
Everyone isn’t saved or “at one” with God because not was the commonly-accepted means of expressing
everyone has responded to the Gospel. humiliation, mourning, and repentance. The full priestly
Are we then saying that there is something other than ceremony of the Day of Atonement is described in chapter
Christ’s sacrifice required for salvation? It would seem so. 16 of Leviticus, where we find that the confession of sin
In fact, two things are required if we are to be made “at plays an important role in the atonement process (Leviticus
one” with God: Christ’s sacrifice and our response. 16:20-22). Washing, an obvious corollary of baptism, is
On the Day of Pentecost when Peter made his first also prominent in the ceremony of the Day of Atonement
presentation of the Gospel, the men who heard about (Leviticus 16:4, 24, 26).
Jesus’ sacrifice replied to Peter and the other apostles, The writer of Hebrews comments extensively on the
“Men and brethren, what shall we do?” They plainly Day of Atonement in chapters 9 and 10. Having drawn the
realized that Jesus’ death was only half of the equation. full analogy with much meaning for Christians, Paul says,
Peter’s answer is simple: “Repent and be baptized “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience,
remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22-
Spirit” (Acts 2:38). 23). He is referring to the sprinkling of blood and washing
The Passover, on one hand, pictures Christ’s sacrifice of water mentioned in the service of the Day of
—his death in our place. There is absolutely nothing we Atonement. His analogy is of Christ’s blood and the water
can do. Jesus Christ did it all for us. of baptism.
But on the other side of the equation there are some So there is a powerful connection between the
things we’re expected to do. Initially, Peter spoke of it as Passover and the Day of Atonement, but they are still very
repentance and baptism. different in meaning.
Paul approached the subject from a slightly different The Last Great Day
angle. Referring to the “righteousness of faith,” he asked We have elsewhere noted the similarity between Pentecost
which of us ascended into heaven to bring Christ down, or and its prophecies of the Day of the Lord (Acts 2:14-21)
which of us ascended into the grave to bring Christ up on the one hand, and the Feast of Trumpets which plainly
(Romans 10:6-7). He concludes that we had nothing looks forward to the Day of the Lord on the other. Then, if
whatever to do with accomplishing Christ’s mission. we peer closely at Pentecost, turning the kaleidoscope
slightly, we see yet another interesting comparison. In his
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Holy Days Revisited as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers
continued from page 3 . . . of living water. But this spoke He of the spirit, which
sermon on Pentecost, Peter explained that the pouring they that believe on Him should receive” (John 7:37-39).
out of the Holy Spirit on that day was a fulfillment of Jesus was quoting from Isaiah 55:1. What Jesus was
that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, “It shall saying to his disciples is that not only are we to receive
come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out the Holy Spirit, but having received it, we can become a
my spirit on all flesh; and your sons and your daughters source: “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said,
shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
your old men shall dream dreams: and on my servants None of this is intended to supplant our traditional
and on my handmaids I will pour out in those days of exposition of the meaning of the days. The holy days
my spirit; and they shall prophesy.” plainly outline the plan of God—the Gospel. But if we
Compare this with Jesus’ pronouncement made on are to understand the depth of the riches of God’s plan
“the last day, that great day of the Feast,” when Jesus for us, the holy days should be revisited again and again.
stood in the temple and cried, saying “If any man thirst, NOTE: Begin revisiting the holy days by ordering your free
let him come to me, and drink. He that believeth on me, copy of Ron Dart’s sermon, Why the Holy Days?.

New CEM General Manager


We are excited about an addition to the CEM team— with his stepfather, and sometime later at the Common
Blake Silverstein as our new General Manager. He is a Faith Network Feast site in Destin, Florida he was
native Texan from Manvel, a small rural town just south baptized by George Crow and Terry Post. Blake recalls,
of Houston. Before coming to work at CEM he owned “I still remember it like it was yesterday. There were
a small construction company focused on renovations these dark black clouds and a bad storm causing the
and remodeling services in the Houston area, a company Gulf of Mexico to thrash restlessly, and just before a
that was able to donate time and work to help many peal of lightening ripped through the sky, Mr. Crow
families rebuild after hurricane Harvey. leaned over and said, ‘You sure you want to do this?’ to
Blake is married to Tracy and the father of a young which I replied, ‘Worst case we get zapped and come
toddler, Jeremiah. They spend most days chasing little to in the kingdom of God!’”
Jeremiah and keeping him out of trouble. Tracy works in He looks forward to leading our team as we fulfill
commercial operations for Fox Sports Southwest. They the mission of CEM. Blake’s plans include assisting the
attend church in Katy, Texas at the Katy Christian staff in putting the Born to Win radio series into modern
Fellowship, which is pastored by Mr. George Crow. platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and other online
Blake lost his father at the age of one but was resources over the next few weeks as well as continuing
blessed to live near his grandfather, William Dwight to keep the promise to serve the public and individual
Cavin, who helped raise Blake. They spent most Christians of every kind through the ministry of
summers fishing and though they did not talk much Ronald L. Dart.
about religion on those trips, Blake always knew they Blake truly understands the value of Ron’s ministry
fished on Sundays not Saturdays. He was doubly blessed and the impact it can have on a life—as he put it in our
when his mother married his stepfather, John Fullbright, first staff meeting, “Without Ron’s teaching I wouldn’t
a longtime CGI member and Sabbatarian. W.D. Cavin be a baptized Christian right now.”
and John were prominent role models in his life, and he
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September Scripture Writing Plan
We encourage you to read each day’s scripture and then write it down in a notebook, a journal, on index cards,
in a text message or whatever method you know works best for you. If you can’t write it down, consider speaking
the scripture and recording it on your cell phone or voice recorder. Our goal is to have read and written down a
minimum of 365 scriptures by the end of 2018. Let’s do this and see the value it brings to our lives.

September 1 James 1:17 September 11 Jeremiah 6:16 September 21 Psalm 65:4


September 2 1 Peter 3:13 September 12 Matthew 12:35 September 22 Romans 12:21
September 3 1 Thessalonians 5:21 September 13 Micah 6:8 September 23 Romans 12:9
September 4 1 Timothy 6:18 September 14 Psalm 100:5 September 24 Romans 15:14
September 5 2 Corinthians 9:8 September 15 Psalm 23:6 September 25 Romans 3:10-12
September 6 Acts 10:38 September 16 Psalm 25:7 September 26 Romans 7:12
September 7 Ephesians 4:29 September 17 Psalm 27:13 September 27 Romans 8:28
September 8 Ephesians 5:9 September 18 Psalm 31:19 September 28 Titus 2:14
September 9 Galatians 6:10 September 19 Psalm 34:8 September 29 Titus 3:4
September 10 James 3:13 September 20 Psalm 37:3 September 30 Titus 3:8-10

CEM Mission Statement


Christian Educational Ministries (CEM) was founded in November 1995 by Ron and Allie Dart as an independent, non-
denominational ministry to serve the public and individual Christians of every kind through the ministry of Ronald L. Dart. Mr.
Dart, an ordained minister and evangelist, has served God through hundreds of sermons, broadcasts, Bible Studies, and books—
bringing clarity and simplicity to topics.
CEM promotes Ron Dart’s radio ministry, Born to Win, which is heard from coast-to-coast. His clear, conversational, and
inviting style can be heard the world over. The Born to Win website, www.borntowin.net, features more than 1000 of Mr. Dart’s
timeless sermons and studies at any one time.
Our mission is:
· First, to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. (Matthew 28).
· Second, to teach the disciples of Jesus Christ so that they may be “proficient and equipped for every good work.”
(2 Timothy 3:17).
· Third, to teach and train this generation and the next with studies and programs focused on youth, through the
Dart’s special passion, Youth Educational Adventures (YEA). (Deuteronomy 11:19, Proverbs 22:6).
· Fourth, to bring God’s people closer together, through cooperative efforts wherever they may be. (2 Corinthians 5:18).
To this end, we teach the Bible and its Truth, with a goal of helping people make their own lives work while they are a positive influence
and blessing to those around them. Follow Mr. Dart and CEM at www.borntowin.net, Facebook, YouTube, and other media.

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The holy days plainly outline the plan of God—the Gospel. They are commanded; they are
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